I. portable portable 2 noun [countable] COMPUTING
a computer that is light enough to be carried around:

• He set his portable to automatically check his electronic mail boxes.

  [m0] II. portable por‧ta‧ble 1 [ˈpɔːtəbl ǁ ˈpɔːr-] adjective
1. able to be carried or moved easily:

• a portable gas stove

2. COMPUTING portable software can be run on another computer system without changing it in any way:

• The applications will be portable across different graphical user interfaces.

— portability noun [uncountable]

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portable UK US /ˈpɔːtəbl/ adjective
light and small enough to be easily carried or moved: »

The laptop's ultra compact design makes it extremely portable and practical.

FINANCE used to describe a pension that you can move to another company, or a loan that you can use for a different purpose: »

It is one of the few countries to offer portable pensions, carried by employees from job to job.


Our portable loans allow you to keep your mortgage with us even if you move house.

IT, COMMUNICATIONS used to describe software, a phone number, etc. that can be moved to another system without it being changed: »

You can run these portable applications from removable drives such as flash drives, without having to install them.

portable UK US /ˈpɔːtəbl/ noun [C]
a small machine, such as a small computer, that is easy to carry with you: »

We specialize in handheld PCs and other portables.

Financial and business terms. 2012.

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